9.19.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, September 19, 2013

DOST partners with PIA-Caraga in info-dissemination

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – To enhance information dissemination of Science and Technology to the public, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga to achieve effectiveness in S&T promotion.

DOST-Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said the department believed that PIA can effectively respond to the information needs of the citizens whether in the provinces or in the regions.

“PIA empowers its organization to provide adequate information to the public to make better decisions and help identify opportunities that could improve people’s quality of life. We know that one of the agency’s major functions is assisting government agencies in relaying information through various media outlets. We also commend the efforts of our PIA-Caraga partner for establishing their own radio station – the Power FM,” said Mallonga.

Also, Mallonga acknowledged the communication strategies of PIA to effectively reach the public such the SMS/textblast, press/photo releases, posting of news/updates at the PIA’s social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter); One Mindanao Electronic News Magazine. “Relevant, accurate, and reliable information are disseminated by PIA in real time,” she said.

Mallonga added “while DOST has the content, PIA has the means and the channel to disseminate information effectively to a wider audience. Through PIA, DOST’s promotion activities will be facilitated. Through this strategy, the partnership can help promote technology transfer activities of DOST for the micro, small and medium enterprises in improving their efficiency and productivity. 

Mallonga further bared that the partnership also involved four major components, namely: conduct of round table discussion on improving DOST’s communication strategy; conduct seminar/workshop on enhancing communication skills among DOST personnel; and upgrading of PIA technologies and organizing Caraga S&T media core.

Meanwhile, both parties will officially be signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) today at the DOST-Caraga regional office. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


Next wave cities roadshow opens in Butuan

By Fryan E. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) - The two-day ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities in Butuan City official opened Thursday morning, Sep. 19 at Almont Inland Resort.

The event, which will run until Friday, Sep. 20, carries the theme: “Bringing ICT Oppurtunities to Countryside Filipino Talents.”

City Councilor Ramon Carampatana who represented City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. welcomed the participants of the event.

“It is an honor to be included in the list among the most competitive cities in the country. More jobs will be coming in and more Butuanons will be employed,” said Carampatana.

Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICTO) deputy executive director Monchito Ibrahim bared that Butuan City is the fourth stop of their roadshow, which aims to raise awareness on the Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Industry.

“It likewise aims to bring career opportunities to stakeholders, particularly those available in their own locality and encourage them to engage in ITpreneurship,” he said.

Ibrahim then acknowledged the potential of Butuan City as the next wave city. “If we can do it any other cities in the country, I do not see any reason why we cannot do it here in Butuan.”

Talks and testimonials throughout the activity include the Information Technology Business Process, INational ICT Confederation of the Philippines, preparing to land a job in the IT-BPM industry, IT-BPO Industry and the Next Wave Cities and IT-BPM Industry presentations.

The Next Wave Cities play an important growth of the IT-BPM industry in the country as there is a multitude of talent that can be found in these high-growth areas, it was learned.

The activity is organized by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology together with the Caraga Information Communication Technology (ICT) council, city government of Butuan, Information Technology – Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP). (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


IT-Business Process Management industry brings change to countryside talents

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – As the Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) and ITPreneurship Road Show in the Next Wave Cities opens today at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort here, an Information and Communication Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) official stressed that the IT-BPM industry is bringing change to country side talents.

"The Information and Communications Technology industry is bringing change in the countryside today. We have better employment rate in the country because of this industry and even the persons with disabilities are being hired in this industry," said DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim.

Ibrahim also said that the ICT industry has put the Philippines in the map. "We need to sustain our global competency. Filipinos are really good in Animation and Games Development Industry," he said.

Ibrahim added that there are many opportunities in Butuan City. “We need to level up and see more dynamism in Butuan so we can accommodate and provide more employment to countryside talents especially that your city has produced many good graduates,” he said.

Information Technology and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) figures showed about 777,000 jobs were employed in the IT-BPM industry in 2012 and gained 13.2 billion US$ revenue with 5.5 percent of gross domestic product.  And this year, 2013, we need to raise the global standards. The one that we want to give focus to is be in the next wave cities and to increase employment rate.  It is also expected to achieve a growth of 1.3 million direct employment by 2016 with 25 billion US$ in 2016 in IT-BPM Revenue.

Ronald Arambulo, executive director for finance and shared services, of IBPAP shared that the Philippines ranked no. 1 Voice Outsourcing Destination in the world, and ranked no. 2 as Global Outsourcing Destination.

The ICT Road Show in the Next Wave Cities is anchored on the theme “Bringing ICT Opportunities to Countryside Filipino Talents.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Roadshow promotes animation in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – In today’s Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) and ITPreneurship Road Show in the Next Wave Cities held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort here, the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) promoted the art of animation to students.

ACPI President Benjie Marasigan said that Filipinos are naturally artistic and have excelled in the field of animation around the world. As defined, animation is the process of creating the continuous motion and shape change illusion by means of rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other.

“The Philippine Animation Industry from 1983 to this present has served 30 years of passion for animation. We outsourced works from top animations studios such as Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Hanna-Barbera, and Toie Animation Japan,” said Marasigan.

Marasigan also expressed that to become a successful animator, one should have passion in the field of work, must be patient, professional, and must be a team player. “The work of an animator is not that easy, it’s tedious, that’s why patience is really a big thing for us,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NICP encourages infotech champions to work for ICT development

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – An official of the National Information Communication Technology Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) inspired the information and communication technology (ICT) leaders in Caraga to continue their support to sustain ICT development programs.

“NICP recognizes the power of inspired and empowered volunteer ICT champions. Its collective strength through its ICT councils spread across the Philippine islands is vital to sustaining the positive change brought about by Information and Communication Technology. Join us in NICP and be an ICT change agent in your community,” said NICP president and Davao ICT council president Lizabel Holganza during the ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities in Butuan City, Thursday morning.

Holganza bared that the organization has been working with different ICT councils in the country to strengthen ICT sectors in partnership with the information technology – business process management (IT-BPM) institutions.

“Through the years, NICP has served as the unified voice for the Philippine Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector. Its advocacies reflect the aspirations of stakeholders championing ICT development in the countryside,” Holganza said.

Holganza added that the organization has been collaborating with government agencies in order to help strengthen the ICT sector in their respective areas of responsibility and creating jobs for the Filipinos.

“Realizing the potential of the ICT industry as an economic driver for key cities, ICT has become a point of convergence for many initiatives of NGAs such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor & Employment, and Technical Education Skills Development Authority. These agencies have worked with ICT councils in their territories for industry-specific programs to close in on gaps and create locations that can compete for ICT development and business process outsourcing opportunities,” she added.

The NICP is the umbrella organization of all ICT councils in the entire country. They are present in at least 42 locations outside Metro Manila. (JSN/PIA-Caraga)


Aclan farmer-beneficiaries receive land titles from DAR

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte has recently distributed 136 hectares of farmlands in Barangay Aclan, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte to 75 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) held at Aclan covered court on September 13.

Nasipit Mayor Enrico R. Corvera handed out the Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) assisted by Aquino W. Gambe, on behalf of Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba; DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Andre B. Atega; Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Lolita V. Empanado, and Aclan Barangay Chairman Bobby L. Nanol.

Atega congratulated the farmer-beneficiaries and encouraged them to take care and work hard to progressively develop the land they now owned.

Meanwhile, Mayor Corvera commended DAR for intensifying land distribution and congratulated the new landowners and urged them to fully develop the land and pay their obligation to the local government.

Nanol, meanwhile commented that farmer-beneficiaries were very grateful for the land that they have been cultivating are now their own. (NCLM/DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR-Agusan Norte conducts orientation on National Greening Program

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) - The Agusan del Norte Agrarian Reform Office in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted an orientation on the continuing implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) to two organizations in agrarian reform areas in Las Nieves on September 11.

The project covers two organizations, namely, San Isidro Farmers Association (Sanifa) and Kahugpongan sa Katawhan sa Subait (KKS) in Rossanim and Katimalibon agrarian reform communities (ARCs), respectively.

According to Ester T. Cabalan, DAR OIC-Chief, DAR intensifies its effort to implement NGP to alleviate poverty among agrarian beneficiaries in agrarian reform areas within the municipality of Las Nieves.

Cabalan further said that ARBs can generate additional sources of income through caring and maintaining responsibly planted seedlings to ensure acceptable survival rates.

Rodelio Mendez, DENR forester, said ARBs are provided with fruit and forest tree seedlings to raise as well as the technical know-how and financial support.

The Sanifa and KKS have pledged an estimated 25 hectares each to be planted with different species of trees or any high valued commercial crops with an average of 1,667 seedlings per hectare.

The activity is in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) of President Aquino as mandated by Executive Order No. 26 that aims to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land nationwide within a period of six years. (NCLM/DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)